Onyx Graphics announces global availability of Onyx 21

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Onyx Graphics announces global availability of Onyx 21

Onyx Graphics recently announced the global availability of Onyx 21, the company’s newest software version release. Onyx 21 introduces swatch books 2.0 to print, scan, iterate and report on the ideal colour match, with options to add print mode defined colours in a single click. Intuitive PDF tilemaps to streamline tile job workflows and help guide installation with the ability to produce tilemaps before, during, or after printing that can be automated using Onyx quick sets. Combined with new dynamic print label capabilities, Onyx 21 delivers innovative tools for print shop branding with flexibility to connect to existing business tools.

“We’re amazed at the response Onyx 21 has already received through our virtual launch events,” said Matt Crawford, director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “Customers are already seeing the impact of swatch books 2.0 with fast colour matching, while new print label capabilities are providing opportunities both inside and outside their print shop.”

Highlights of Onyx 21 include printing, scanning, iterating, and reporting on the ideal color match using swatch books 2.0; adding print mode defined colours in a single click; generating colour-managed tilemaps including tile list information to guide installation; utilizing portable Adobe PDF tilemaps for installation, customer transparency, and print job previews; automating tilemaps on any job using quick sets 2.0; adding images to print labels including logos for increased brand visibility; rotating print labels 180 degrees on banners and canvas prints; generating dynamic QR codes with important job information; connecting to existing business tools using barcodes or QR codes, and using the latest Adobe technology including Adobe PDF Converter APC 3.1.

Onyx 21, covering the entire product portfolio of Onyx solutions including Onyx thrive print workflow software; and all Onyx RIP products is globally available. It is available to all Onyx advantage customers by requesting a key update and to all other customers through a license purchase. Onyx Graphics is providing a special promotion to upgrade. Customers are encouraged to visit www.onyxgfx.com for more information.

Since 1989, Onyx Graphics is dedicated to helping customers increase productivity, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge with superior print and colour quality. Its passion for delivering superb colour led to the development of Onyx Color, Onyx Graphics’ own color engine optimized specifically for large format inkjet printing.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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